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Before there was ‘Mare of Easttown’: Groundbreaking female cops on TV

Before there was ‘Mare of Easttown’: Groundbreaking female cops on TV
Kate Winslet’s tough but tender small-town police detective Mare Sheehan of HBO’s acclaimed crime thriller “Mare of Easttown” is the latest in a long line of female TV detectives including S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”); Helen Mirren (“Prime Suspect”); Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer); Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Svu”) and Regina King (“Watchmen”).

Unfortunately, it took an inordinate amount of time for actresses to get a fair shake in police procedurals. Early TV crime dramas were inundated with the likes of taciturn toughies Lee Marvin (“M Squad”), Robert Taylor (“The Detectives”), Jack Webb (“Dragnet”) and Broderick Crawford (“Highway Patrol”). Way too much testosterone.

But slowly the dynamics began to change especially with the rise of the Women’s Movement. Here’s a look at five trailblazing female cop shows who paved the way.

Beverly Garland (“Decoy”)

After macho actor after macho actor as police detectives and cops,
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Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra
The legendary punk god joins us to talk about movies he finds unforgettable. Special appearance by his cat, Moon Unit.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Tapeheads (1988)

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) – Eli Roth’s trailer commentary

A Face In The Crowd (1957) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Meet John Doe (1941)

Bob Roberts (1992)

Bachelor Party (1984)

Dangerously Close (1986)

Videodrome (1983) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary

F/X (1986)

Hot Rods To Hell (1967)

Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)

While The City Sleeps (1956) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) – John Landis’s trailer commentary

Spider-Man (2002)

The Killing (1956) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary

Serpent’s Egg (1977)

The Thin Man (1934)

Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)

The Hidden Eye (1945)

Eyes In The Night (1942)

Sudden Impact (1983) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary

Red Dawn (1984)

Warlock (1989)

The Dead Zone (1983) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary

Secret Honor (1984)

The Player (1992) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary,
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Charles Fries, Producer of TV’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Martian Chronicles,’ Dies at 92

Charles Fries, Producer of TV’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Martian Chronicles,’ Dies at 92
Other credits include the ’80s films “Cat People” and “Troop Beverly Hills

Charles “Chuck” Fries, the prolific TV producer behind the 1970s “Amazing Spider-Man” series and “The Martian Chronicles,” has died at the age of 92.

According to a representative, Fries died Thursday “peacefully surrounded by family.”

A Hollywood veteran of nearly 70 years, Fries began his career at Ziv Television in 1952, working on syndicated shows like “The Cisco Kid,” “Highway Patrol,” “Bat Masterson” and “Sea Hunt.” He went on to work at Screen Gems, Metromedia Productions and, later his own company, Fries Entertainment.

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Fries was known as the “godfather of the TV movie,” having pioneered the genre with a number of projects and Metromedia and Fries Entertainment. Among the TV movies he produced were “Small Sacrifices” starring Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal; “The Martian Chronicles,” based on the Ray Bradbury novel and starring
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Chuck Fries Dies: Producers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Was 92

Chuck Fries Dies: Producers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Was 92
Charles “Chuck” Fries, whose career as a television and film producer included a long list of classic shows, series and films, died Wednesday, his family announced. He was 92. No cause of death was given.

During a prolific career that spanned more than 60 years, he participated in the production of more than 5,000 series episodes, 140 television movies and miniseries and more than 40 theatrical films. His producing credits range from Tales of the Crypt and The Call of the Wild to TV’s The Amazing Spider-Man and The Martian Chronicles to Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, Troop Beverly Hills and Screamers.

Born on September 30, 1928, in native of Cincinnati, Fries began his career at Ziv Television in 1952, where he worked on legendary syndicated shows like The Cisco Kid, Highway Patrol, Bat Masterson, and Sea Hunt. He moved to Screen Gems in 1960, where he was involved in the production of such classics as Naked City,
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Seven Network banks on reality franchises and three new dramas

Seven Network banks on reality franchises and three new dramas
‘Holey Moley.’

The Seven Network is counting on new and returning franchises and three new Australian dramas to maintain ratings momentum next year.

Unveiling its 2021 schedule today, Seven trumpeted The Voice, Holey Moley, Ultimate Tag, Big Brother, Farmer Wants a Wife, Australia’s Got Talent and the renewal of Sas Australia.

The network also revealed it will revive Fremantle’s Australian Idol, which last screened on Network 10 in 2009. Production on the reboot is due to start mid-year and it will premiere in February 2022.

The dramas are Endemol Shine Banks’ Rfds ; Roadshow Rough Diamond’s Australian Gangster, which finally makes the schedule after a three-year delay due to legal issues; and the second season of Every Cloud Productions’ Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, a co-commission with North American streamer Acorn TV.

Among the new factual entertainment shows, Blink TV’s Australia: Now and Then, will ask celebrities, comedians, musicians,
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Julie Bennett, 'Yogi Bear' Voice Actress, Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 88

Julie Bennett, 'Yogi Bear' Voice Actress, Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 88
Julie Bennett, who provided the voice of love interest Cindy Bear on Yogi Bear cartoons for nearly three decades, has died. She was 88.

Bennett died Tuesday of complications from Covid-19 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to talent agent and friend Mark Scroggs.

After appearing onscreen in such series as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Adventures of Superman, Leave It to Beaver, Dragnet and Highway Patrol, Bennett found her niche as a voiceover artist.

Her animation career began with "Fractured Fairy Tales" in 1960 on The Bullwinkle Show, and she voiced Cindy Bear for the first time a year later ...
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Stuart Whitman Dies: ‘Cimarron Strip’ Star And Oscar-Nominated Actor Was 92

Stuart Whitman Dies: ‘Cimarron Strip’ Star And Oscar-Nominated Actor Was 92
Stuart Whitman, best known for his role in the TV western series Cimarron Strip and his Oscar-nominated turn in the drama The Mark, died in his home in Montecito, California. He was 92.

According to TMZ, Whitman had been in and out of the hospital as a result of skin cancer seeping into his bloodstream. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

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Whitman was born on February 1, 1928 in San Francisco before his family would move to Brooklyn. He went on to graduate from Hollywood High School and served in the United States Army in the Corps of Engineers.
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Stuart Whitman, Oscar Nominated Actor and Star of The Comancheros, Dies at 92

Stuart Whitman, Oscar Nominated Actor and Star of The Comancheros, Dies at 92
Stuart Whitman, the San Francisco–born actor known for his work on screens both big and small since the 1950s, has died at age 92, multiple outlets report.

A son of the star, Justin, confirmed the news to TMZ, saying that “Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars,” revealing that Whitman died at his home in Montecito, Calif. on Monday surrounded by family.

In 1961, Whitman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Mark. Whitman, with more than 180 acting credits across his decades-spanning career, shared the big screen with such stars as John Wayne in 1961’s The Comancheros.
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Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92

Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92
Stuart Whitman, a star of Westerns alongside John Wayne like “The Comancheros” and the war movie “The Longest Day,” died in his home Monday, his son told TMZ. Whitman was 92.

“Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for his rugged roles and handsome charm. We were proud of him for his TV, film roles and his Oscar nomination, but what we will really remember is his exuberant love of his family and friends,” Whitman’s son Justin told TMZ.

TMZ says that Whitman had recently been in and out of the hospital due to skin cancer that seeped into his bloodstream.

Though Whitman played across many genres, he was nominated for an Oscar for the 1961 drama “The Mark,” in which he played a man convicted of attempting to commit
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The Wild Wild West Star Robert Conrad Dies at 84

Tony Sokol Feb 8, 2020

Robert Conrad took stunt gigs with lines to pick up two checks, and was a singer who hit billboard.

Robert Conrad, best known for his roles in the television series Hawaiian Eye, The Wild Wild West and Baa Baa Black Sheep, died of heart failure in Malibu, Calif., on Feb. 8, according to Variety. He was 84.

“He lived a wonderfully long life and while the family is saddened by his passing, he will live forever in their hearts,” family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said in a statement. The family will hold a small private service on March 1, which would have been Conrad's 85th birthday.

Conrad Robert Falk was born on March 1, 1935, in Chicago, Al Capone's old stomping grounds. According to a 2008 interview with Tony Medley, One on One with Robert Conrad, Conrad said his "best friend. Best." was Michael Spilotro, the character Joe Pesci played in Martin Scorsese's gangster film Casino.
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Two on a Guillotine

Two on a Guillotine

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1965/ 2:35:1 / 107 min.

Starring Connie Stevens, Dean Jones

Cinematography by Sam Leavitt

Directed by William Conrad

Imagine shock-meister William Castle directing a Disney movie and the result might be something like Two on a Guillotine. William Conrad, narrator of Rocky and Bullwinkle and star of television’s Cannon, is at the wheel of this thrill ride and he’s happy to rehash a few of Castle’s favorite scare tactics for his own purposes – the moans and groans of a carnival spook house and even a wire-drawn skeleton. There’s no denying Conrad’s effort has some of the Saturday matinee charm of creep shows like House on Haunted Hill but the sunny locales and aggressively perky demeanor of co-stars Connie Stevens and Dean Jones make you wish Frederick Loren would drop by with a well-aimed champagne cork.

Stevens is Cassie Duquesne,
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Eddie Foy III Dies: Casting Director Of Iconic TV Was 83; Shows Included ‘Happy Days’, ‘Cheers’, ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’

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Eddie Foy III Dies: Casting Director Of Iconic TV Was 83; Shows Included ‘Happy Days’, ‘Cheers’, ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’
Eddie Foy III, a casting director who worked on such classic series as Happy Days, Cheers, M*A*S*H and The Monkees, and was a third-generation member of the legendary Foy show business clan, died November 3 in a fall at his home in Denison, Ia. He was 83.

The son of actor Eddie Foy Jr., he grew up around celebrities in New York City and did some acting in films and TV before segueing to casting in the 1970s. His grandfather, Eddie Foy Sr., headed the famed family vaudeville act Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys, which included Eddie Foy Jr., who continued a successful acting career into adulthood.

The vaudeville family’s story was told in the 1955 movie The Seven Little Foys starring Bob Hope and James Cagney.

Eddie Foy III followed family tradition into acting – early credits included roles on 1950s-60s TV series like Highway Patrol
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Exclusive: The Super Troopers 2 cast on crowdfunding their long-awaited return

In this nice little exclusive we have today we have The Super Troopers 2 cast reacting to the crowdfunding success for their long-awaited sequel. Director Jay Chandrasekhar and his cast Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske talk about their best moments on the road from fan expectations to the finished full movie.

In their follow up to the 2001 film made by the Broken Lizard comedy team Super Troopers 2 follows the Super Troopers being called upon to set up a new Highway Patrol station when an international border dispute arises between the United States and Canada.

It features cameos from Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chirqui, Damon Wayans Jr., Seann William Scott, Og Wonder Woman Lynda carter, The Wonder YearsFred Savage and Westworld’s Clifton Collins Jr.

Super Troopers 2 is released in the UK on the 15th of June.

Super Troopers 2 Official Synopsis

Everyone’s favourite
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Five Steps to Danger

It’s a road picture, a spy chase and an oddball romance all in one. A casual highway hitch-hike leads to intrigues with shady doctors, guided missile secrets and espionage intrigues. Possible escaped nut case Ruth Roman enlists nice guy Sterling Hayden’s help, and before you can say Alfred Hitchcock they’re handcuffed together and on the run. It’s a B-picture gem from the mid-fifties, all the more amusing for its awkwardness.

Five Steps to Danger

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ClassicFlix

1957 / Color / 2:35 1:85 widescreen 1:37 flat full frame / 81 min. / Street Date April 24, 2018 / 29.99

Starring: Ruth Roman, Sterling Hayden, Werner Klemperer, Richard Gaines, Charles Davis, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Hansen, Ken Curtis.

Cinematography: Kenneth Peach

Film Editor: Aaron Stell

Original Music: Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter

Written by Henry S. Kesler, from a book by Donald Hamilton

Produced and Directed by Henry S. Kesler

Celebrity business agent Henry S. Kesler became a production manager,
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Down 3 Dark Streets

“It’s under the Big ‘W’!” A smart cop show goes all ‘Dragnet’ on a trio of criminal cases in the good old City of the Angels. To figure out who gunned down a top detective, rough tough FBI agent Broderick Crawford must get to the bottom of three separate dramas, each involving a beautiful woman. The producers know how to get attention for their show — the climactic shootout takes place under the Hollywood Sign.

Down 3 Dark Streets

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1954 / B&W / 1:75 widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date April 24, 2018 / 29.99

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan, Max Showalter, Kenneth Tobey, Gene Reynolds, William Johnstone, Harlan Warde, Jay Adler, Claude Akins, Suzanne Alexander, Joe Bassett, Michael Fox, John Indrisano, Milton Parsons, Stafford Repp, William Schallert, Charles Tannen.

Cinematography: Joseph Biroc

Film Editor: Grant Whytock

Production Design: Edward (Ted) Haworth

Original Music: Paul Sawtell

Written by Bernard C. Schoenfeld, ‘The Gordons
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‘Super Troopers 2’ TV Spots & Poster Bring The Shenanigans

Fox Searchlight has released a pair of television spots for the upcoming comedy, Super Troopers 2. The shenanigan-filled marketing materials, which include two TV spots and a spiffy new one-sheet poster, feature almost entirely new footage in our first good look a the film since the most recent trailer for the film dropped back in January.

The trailer gives us our first full look at the plot of the film, which features Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Foster (Paul Soter), Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), and Farva (Kevin Heffernan) all returning to settle a border dispute that arises between our heroes and some nearby canadian mounties. The film crowdfunded it’s production budget, but the question of success , since the film was funded by the fans of the original Super Troopers themselves.

Super Troopers 2 was directed by Chandrasekhar, from a script written by the Broken lizard team (Chandrasekhar, Soter, Lemme,
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‘Atlanta’ References You May Have Missed, From ‘Rocky III’ to Nicolas Cage’s Dinosaur

‘Atlanta’ References You May Have Missed, From ‘Rocky III’ to Nicolas Cage’s Dinosaur
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the “Atlanta” episode “Money Bag Shawty.”]

Atlanta” continues to blow us away week to week with its insight into today’s culture, brand of danger-comedy, gorgeous cinematography, and layers of meaning all packed into a half hour. Thursday’s “Money Bag Shawty” kicked off that episode’s tone with a direct reference to a viral video.

White Tears

In the spoof, a blonde white woman with the username “lilysmom_11” addresses the camera, distraught over her daughter listening to Paper Boi’s (Brian Tyree Henry) latest song on the radio. The mom proceeds to read out loud the song’s lyrics, which include profanity and liberal use of the N-word. As she becomes increasingly upset, she’s particularly disturbed by the rapper voicing a disdain for college and referencing Colin Kaepernick. She eventually breaks down crying, and later, Earn and his friends toast to her “white tears” for giving Alfred’s song even more exposure.
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'Happy Gilmore' Actor Christopher McDonald Arrested on Charges of Drunk Driving

'Happy Gilmore' Actor Christopher McDonald Arrested on Charges of Drunk Driving
Actor Christopher McDonald was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend, Et has learned.

Public Information Officer Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tells Et that the 62-year-old character actor was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on Saturday at 9:27 p.m.

Bachman confirmed that McDonald was booked at the Big Bear Jail at 11:40 p.m., on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with over 0.8 blood alcohol content.

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The actor -- best known for his roles in Happy Gilmore, Thelma & Louise, the NBC series Harry's Law and, most recently, as the owner of the owner of the Dallas Cowboys on HBO's Ballers -- allegedly veered off the highway and crashed into a gas meter, TMZ reports.

Et has reached out to McDonald's rep for comment.

Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

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The Real Baby Driver: 10-Year-Old Takes Cops on 100mph Car Chase

The Real Baby Driver: 10-Year-Old Takes Cops on 100mph Car Chase
Ansel Elgort's Baby Driver has got nothing on this kid! A 10-year-old boy from Cleveland, Ohio led police on an epic 45-mile car chase that reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The boy, who was not identified, was pulled out of the car, which belongs to his mother's boyfriend, through the window before kicking and spitting at the troopers, state patrol Lieutenant Richard Reeder told Cleveland.com. According to police, the boy's joyride was his second this month. He was stopped on the interstate with three flat tires on October 16th after taking his mother's car because he was bored, police said.

The boy's fast and furious ride started at about 8:30 a.m. as he was waiting for his sister to take him to school. His mother's boyfriend later told police the 10-year-old stole the car while his sister was showering. The boy's mother frantically jumped in
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First red band teaser trailer for Super Troopers 2

The first teaser trailer has arrived online for the long-awaited comedy sequel Super Troopers 2 from Broken Lizard. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, the film stars returning cast members Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan, and Lynda Carter alongside newcomers Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, and Hayes MacArthur; check it out here…

Everyone’s favorite cops are back (by popular demand) with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic: Super Troopers 2. When the United States and Canada get into a dispute about the location of the actual border, the Super Troopers – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the contested area. Our heroes quickly revert to their own brand of unconventional police work.

Super Troopers 2 is set for release on April 20th 2018.
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